The President's Panel on Mental Retardation (PPMR) did bring public attention to the important contribution that people labeled mentally retarded could bring to the community.

The preparation of the mentally retarded for a useful role in society and industry must receive more attention. In the past 5 years the number of mentally retarded rehabilitated through State vocational agencies has more than tripled – going from 756 to 2,500 – but in terms of potential, it is little more than a gesture.

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